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Welcome to Minneapolis Northwest! Minneapolis Northwest is comprised of three cities: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove, MN. Our area is located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, and is conveniently positioned along the I-94/694 corridor. Each city has its own unique identity that helps make our area the vibrant and versatile destination it is. With unique local restaurants, fantastic shopping, an array of family attractions, and outdoor adventures that make you feel worlds away from the city, there is more to be discovered in Minneapolis Northwest than you might think!

Brooklyn Center

Located along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and bordering Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center is just ten minutes from downtown. It is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to head into the city. Brooklyn Center is also home to the Earle Brown Heritage Center, one of the state’s most unique event and wedding venues.

Brooklyn Park

The sixth largest city in Minnesota, Brooklyn Park is home to 28 Fortune 500 companies. Brooklyn Park is an unique business forward community, with eighty-five parks, culturally rich neighborhoods, miles of trails, championship golf, and the Mississippi River, which all make the city an excellent place to visit.

Maple Grove

Home to the Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district, Minnesota’s only ice skating trail, and Elm Creek Park Reserve (the largest regional park in Hennepin County), Maple Grove is one of the fastest growing communities in the state. It is THE place for shopping, outdoor recreation, and family entertainment in the Twin Cities.










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CONTENTS Introduction

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WINTER Central Park


Omni Brewing Company Page 24

Elm Creek Dog Park

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Spring Fashion

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Romantic Dining

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Mississippi Gardens

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Fat Biking

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Traveling By Bicycle

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Hearty Food

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Medical Alley

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Local Theatre

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Youth Sports

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Farmers Market

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Fall Colors

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Spice of Life

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Dorm Decor

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Alfresco Dining

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Amazing Maze

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Fall Sports Binge

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4 Hours in MPLSNW

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Fall Fashion

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Summer Camp

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Holiday Shopping

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City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival Minneapolis

Maple Grove Half Marathon - Maple Grove

St. Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul


Fat Bike Frozen Forty/ Frozen Feet 5K/10K/ Half - Maple Grove Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul


St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Minneapolis Lucky Palooza - St. Paul


Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival - Minneapolis Festival of Nations - St. Paul

Cinco de Mayo West Side Festival - St. Paul

Art-a-Whirl- Minneapolis Live Horse Racing Begins- Running Aces Columbus


Arbor Lakes Chalk Fest - Maple Grove Tater Daze - Brooklyn Park MSRA Back to the 50’s Weekend - MN State Fair Grounds Earle Brown Days - Brooklyn Center Twin Cities Pride Festival - Minneapolis Town Green Sounds of Summer (Through September) - Maple Grove Maple Grove Farmer’s Market (Thursdays through October) - Maple Grove Brooklyn Park Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays through October) - Brooklyn Park Discover Farmer’s Market (Tuesdays through September) - Brooklyn Park

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Red, White & Boom - Minneapolis

Twin Cities Oktoberfest - MN State Fair Grounds

Summer Faire Concert Series - Thursdays through August - The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove Basilica Block Party - Minneapolis Maple Grove Days - Maple Grove


Irish Fair of MN - MN State Fairgrounds Woofstock - Shoppes at Arbor Lakes Maple Grove Lifetime Tri Maple Grove - Maple Grove Game Fair - Ramsey Minnesota Renaissance Festival (Through September) - Shakopee Minnesota State Fair - MN State Fair Grounds


Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze (Through October) - Brooklyn Park

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis- St. Paul

Nightmare Hallow Scream Park - Columbus Fall Festival on Main - Main Street Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove


Deer Widow’s Weekend - Albertville Premium Outlets - Albertville Santa’s Magical Workshop - November - The Fountains at Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove Holidazzle (Through late December) Minneapolis


Sleighbells & Sparkle Parade - Main Street Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove Winter Wonderland Weekend - The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove

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New Ice Skating Trail is the Coolest Winter Destination in Minnesota

Maple Grove is skating circles around traditional ice rinks with this one-of-akind skating trail. While Maple Grove has always been a destination with many great attractions to boast about, it hasn’t had one destination defining attraction. That is no longer true! The brand new Central Park puts Maple Grove on the map as the first refrigerated ice skating trail in Minnesota. That’s right, not an ice rink but an ice trail. And in fact, it’s one of only a small handful in North America. Maple Grove now joins the ranks of Toronto, where you’ll find a similar skating trail, and Chicago, whose highly anticipated ice skating ribbon opened in 2014 near Millennium Park. You may find natural ice skating trails plowed over a frozen lake in some states, but only a few refrigerated and maintained ice loops like Central Park’s exist. | Page 9 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 9

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Winter In Minneapolis Northwest Drastically different than a traditional ice rink, Central Park’s skating trail is a meandering, 800’ loop that winds its way through the park landscape (for comparison, a lap around a traditional hockey rink is 570’). This design offers a more sensory experience and a very welcome change in scenery while skating; the feeling is less like skating laps and more like a stroll through the park. However, like a rink, the skating loop is refrigerated and maintained by a Zamboni. This means the skating loop can open earlier in the season and remain open longer than most outdoor rinks.

splash pad, multi-season park building, wedding gardens, a large play area with a 120’ climbing wall, pickleball courts (one of today’s fastest growing sports), pond, and network of trails, the park will be a year-round destination for residents and visitors. The sweeping central lawn provides beautiful greenspace and will be home to

Still in its first season, enthusiasm for Maple Grove’s skating trail has been incredible. The novelty of skating on a trail through the park is not to be underestimated; watching the throngs of giddy families from inside the warming house will make you wonder why we’ve been gliding in monotonous circles all these years. The best part is that the Central Park skating trail is free (try finding that downtown!), with skate rentals available for those who don’t have their own.

A Year-Round Destination

Central Park isn’t just a spot for winter activities. Complete with an LED illuminated

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future community events. Its central location next to the Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district and the popular Town Green is all the more reason to visit.

A Park 30 Years in the Making

When Maple Grove incorporated as a city in the 1970s it was essentially farmland, waiting to be developed. There was no downtown, no truly defining features, but a whole world of opportunity. 30 years ago, the City set their sights on a master plan to create a vibrant, walkable city center. Today, Central Park is one piece of that puzzle. The park is located a couple blocks each from Arbor Lakes, the Community Center, Government Center, Town Green, and library, all of which have been built since 1997. The whole area is connected by a network of trails, successfully linking visitors and residents to all of Maple Grove’s amenities. | Page 11 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 11

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Elm Creek Park Reserve is the Top-Dog in Dog Parks

Who says you have to leave your dog at home during your visit to Minneapolis Northwest? These days, more and more people are traveling with their pets and many hotels are now pet friendly. In fact, you’ll be getting puppy dog eyes if you try to leave your pooch at home on this next trip! Believe it or not, Maple Grove’s Elm Creek Park Reserve is home to one of the top 10 dog parks in the country, according to USA Today! Elm Creek’s dog off-leash area is one of the largest in the Twin Cities: it offers 29 acres of open fields, ponds, and forested trails where dogs have the freedom to run around to their heart’s content. USA today gives the park top marks because of its size along with the unique and varied activities available. The editor notes, “It seems like a completely different park, depending on the season.”

Minneapolis Northwest Dog Parks Brookdale Park

Brooklyn Park Completely fenced in and dotted with picnic tables and benches. $3.00 daily fee/ $10 per year

Brooklyn Park Environmental Nature Area

Brooklyn Park The city’s newest dog park boasts big grassy spaces and complete fencing around the park. $3.00 daily fee/ $10 per year

Crystal Community Dog Park

Crystal Fenced in park contains picnic tables, benches.

Fish Lake Regional Park Off-Leash Park

Maple Gove Fully fenced-in dog park adjacent to the Fish Lake Regional Park. Separate area for small dogs.

Plymouth Dog Park

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Winter In Minneapolis Northwest One unique opportunity available at Elm Creek’s dog park is a winter activity called skijoring. Most of us are familiar with dog sledding, the sport where a dog or team of dogs pulls a person on a sled. Skijoring is similar, except the human is pulled on cross-country skis. A popular sport in Scandinavian countries, it is quickly gaining popularity here in the US. In ‘dog powered’ sports like skijoring, your dog is pulling you rather than just running beside you (simply skiing with your dog is not the same). In fact, the Norwegian word ‘skijoring’ literally translates to ‘ski driving.’ If your pup has pent-up winter energy, it’s a terrific way to get them some exercise. At Elm Creek there are 4.3 miles of skijoring trails.

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Want to give skijoring a try?

Want to give skijoring a try? Anyone with a dog that is at least 30 lbs can do it! You don’t even need a ski permit to skijor the mixed-use trails at Elm Creek. However, there are some things to know if you’ve never done it before. 1.) Most dogs have an instinct to pull, but some need to be taught. In general, dogs love it! 2.) All breeds are trainable, but some dogs ‘get it’ quicker than others. 3.) The equipment needed (apart from cross country skis) are harnesses for both human and dog, and a specially designed belt with tugline to tether you to your dog. 4.) For your dog’s sake, start small and incrementally ease into it. 5.) Make sure you stick to designated skijoring trails (at Elm Creek the trails are mixed use, but certain trails are off limits to skijoring. Check their map before you go).

Pet-Friendly Hotels in Minneapolis Northwest Best Western Plus

Norwood Inn

Asteria Inn & Suites

Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center

Maple Grove

Country Inn & Suites

Quality Inn

Extended Stay America

Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center

Maple Grove

Extended Stay America

Super 8

Staybridge Suites

Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center

Maple Grove

Motel 6

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Brooklyn Center

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Rekindling and Rejuvenation for Two Ah, now that the holiday season’s hustle and bustle is over, it is that time of the year when romantic getaways are at forefront of your mind. Whether it is Valentine’s Day or any day, many quick getaways are driven by romance: honeymoons, anniversaries, proposals, rejuvenations, etc. It is a time to celebrate relationships and to appreciate our loved ones. Although most travel industry commercials conjure up images of luxury, lavishing attention and spoiling each other does not necessarily have to break the bank either. Here in Minneapolis Northwest, we have put together two itineraries: luxurious versus budget-friendly. The total tabs may be different but romantic quotient remains intact. So book your room, reserve your table, create your playlist, bring your champagne, pack your LBD/club staple, leave your laptop at home and let the fun begin!

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Luxurious Itinerary: •Stay at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park •Drink Dom Perignon Champagne and nibble chocolate strawberries in room •Catch a performance at the Gutherie Theater •Late dinner at Travail Kitchen & Amusements •Put on playlist and enjoy each other’s company •Late Breakfast at Three Squares •Shop for a commemorative gift for each other at Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

$250 $200 $150 $160 Priceless $50 $200

Total: $1,010

Budget-Friendly Itinerary: •Stay at the Hampton Inn in Maple Grove •Drink sparkling wine and nibble finger foods in room •Dinner at The Lookout (order the Broasted Chicken; it is delicious and filling!) •Moonlight trail skating at Central Park •Put on playlist and enjoy each other’s company •Grab coffee and chocolate croissants to-go at Patrick’s Bakery •Drive home via a leisurely, more scenic route that you don’t frequent

$150 $20 $30 $0 Priceless $13 $0

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Photo By: Dustin Gaffke

Big Tires, Big Adventure Recently, you may have noticed more and more people riding on bicycles with abnormally large tires. What is the deal with that? It’s called fat biking and you can do it here in Minneapolis Northwest! A fat bike is a bicycle with large, low-pressure tires designed for travel over snow or sand. The wider tires (3.7 inches or more) and low pressure (under 10 psi) allow the bike to cover more surface area, thus giving the rider more traction and control on difficult terrain.

along snowmobile and dog mushing trails. Harsh conditions that forced riders to spend much of the race walking alongside their bikes spurred them to build equipment that could better drudge through the snow.

The fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry, fat bikes evolved from traditional mountain bikes and it’s an interesting story. The modern fat bike originated from the grueling Iditabike race in Alaska. The race challenged elite riders to travel the first section of the Iditarod Trail in the middle of winter: 200 miles of Alaskan backcountry

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Cyclists got creative, welding two wheels together, sometimes even three to give themselves a wider footprint in the snow. Coincidentally, a similar phenomenon was taking place in the sand dunes in New Mexico around the same time. Eventually improvements were made to these unorthodox bike hacks. Wider rims that could accommodate a single, larger tire were developed and the fat bike was born. It was the late 1990’s when the first rendition of a modern fat bike was built, but it wasn’t until the late 2000’s that they became widely available. Fat biking has been on the rise in the Midwest ever since, and especially in the Twin Cities. To mountain bike enthusiasts who had been feeling cooped up all winter, the fat bike means freedom: they can finally ride year-

round. Thanks to regional and state parks, along with a number of volunteers, there are now many area single-track trails that are groomed in the winter too! Minneapolis Northwest is a great starting point for your fat biking adventure. At Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove there are 13 miles of dedicated trails for fat biking in the winter (or the summer for that matter). Nearby Theodore Wirth Park, Fort Snelling State Park, and Hillside City Park are among some of the other area trails. If you don’t have your own fat bike, you can rent one for two hours, a day, or an entire weekend from Maple Grove Cycling. So get out there, and see what the fat bike craze is all about! | Page 19 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 19

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Hearty Fare In Arbor Lakes After playing in the outdoors all day, you’re hungry and ready to warm up! Embark on a foodie quest through Maple Grove’s Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district, discovering the coziest spots to warm up with appetizers and drinks, a hearty dinner, and of course, dessert. Because it’s too hard to choose just one restaurant, try a little something at all of them! Here are our recommendations for a wintertime progressive dining itinerary: Redstone American Grill for appetizers and drinks. Ask any local, Redstone is a favorite. This upscale bar and grill is the perfect place to start on a brisk winter day. You’ll drool over their Jerk Chicken Fondue with a perfectly smoky flavor that pairs well with the jerk marinated chicken, as well as apples, grapes, and fresh made croutons. Meanwhile, their unique Jumbo Buffalo Shrimp is the most popular app on the menu.

1 Warm your belly then head to Claddagh Irish Pub for dinner. Shepherd’s Pie is an Irish classic. Claddagh’s award-winning Fish ‘n Chips are the star of the show though: their batter is made with Smithwick’s Irish Ale, and the generous cod filets are light and perfectly flaky. The atmosphere of this pub can’t be beat: it feels like you are in an Irish castle.

3 To cap it off, get one more round of drinks at Granite City Food + Brewery. Granite City has 5 signature craft beers, all handmade on-site. Their Broad axe stout is a rich and creamy oatmeal stout with hints of chocolate and coffee, perfect for this time of year.


If you’ve left room for dessert, visit Nadia Cakes. By now most people have heard about Nadia Cakes; owner, Abby Jiminez, was a winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and has appeared on numerous other baking shows. Their menu includes some classics as well as creative and seasonal flavors. Nadia Cakes won over the Food Network with their Cheesecake cupcakes, but you should also try ‘Banana Nutella,’ ‘Andes Mint Brownie,’ or ‘Chocolate Pomegranate.’


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Local Theatre, Big City Appeal Winter is the perfect time to catch a show in Minneapolis Northwest. Our area has a fantastic theatre scene, and you don’t even have to go downtown to see some of the best acts in the city. Here are our picks for the top local theatres.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Plymouth Playhouse

Chanhassen, MN Chanhassen Dinner Theatre is the nations’ largest professional dinner theatre. A muststop if you are a theatre lover visiting the Twin Cities.

Plymouth, MN An intimate theatre dedicated to fostering new Off-Broadway musical comedies, Plymouth Playhouse is best known for launching the popular “Church Basement Ladies”: an amazing production that has toured in 34 states.

Old Log Theatre

Yellow Tree Theatre

Excelsior, MN As the Northwest’s first professional theatre, the Old Log is now one of the longest continuously running theatre companies in the nation. In addition to contemporary plays & musicals, Old Log also produces children shows.

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Omni Brings the Craft Brew Scene to Minneapolis Northwest “We’re so glad you’re here.” That’s the refrain Justin Walsh, co-owner of Omni Brewing Co. in Maple Grove, keeps hearing from excited new customers. People have been flocking from all over the metro to visit Minneapolis Northwest’s first microbrewery, which opened in September 2015. They are ecstatic to finally have craft beer in their own neighborhood. Omni’s successful Kickstarter campaign is evidence of the demand for a craft brewery here in Minneapolis Northwest. 436 backers pledged $47,000 to help make their taproom a reality. Wildly exceeding Omni’s expectations, that kind of support was virtually unheard of on the crowd funding site

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for a Twin Cities taproom. Backers and beer enthusiasts turned up in droves on opening weekend, and they’ve been coming back ever since. Different than some taprooms, Omni focuses on offering something for everyone, not just the hop heads. Their vision is to be a place for beer snobs and passive beer drinkers alike. The word ‘omni’ means all, or every, and that’s what Omni Brewing is all about. It is important to the owners that their brewery is a relaxed, neighborhood-like taproom where there’s something for everyone and everybody feels comfortable. “We want people to feel like they’re hanging out in their garage, having a beer with friends if their garage was really cool and the beer was really good,” says Justin. The fact that Omni Brewing also runs on solar power is just the cherry on top for the Twin Cities’ new favorite taproom to visit. Why did Omni Brewing choose Maple Grove? “We love craft beer, but got tired of having to

drive into the city every weekend to get good beer,” says co-owner and head brewer, Zack Ward. Justin and Zack correctly surmised that they weren’t the only ones who felt this way. “We wanted something near our homes in the Northwest suburbs, so we thought why not open a taproom and brewery here?” Omni wasted no time getting started. From the day they got approval from the City of Maple Grove, it took them less than 100 days to get up and running. Located in a former Schwan’s distribution center, much of the necessary infrastructure was already in place for beer production. However, they needed to renovate the space for a taproom and build the bar. Though only a few months in business, Zack and Justin have already started looking ahead. Omni’s future plans include getting at least 8 taps on rotation, starting a volunteer group, and eventually getting their beer into area bars and restaurants.

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Check out five top Minneapolis breweries in the Northeast Minneapolis brew district, all within walking distance of each other! Find even more breweries on our website.

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Soft Nostalgia: Women’s 2016 Spring Fashion Trending Colors According to Fashion Snoop, an online fashion consulting expert, top colors for women’s fashion in spring 2016 are organized into five distinctive palettes with image-evoking names: Backyard, Soft Nostalgia, Seaside, and Heirlooms. Of the five, Soft Nostalgia with a wide range of pastels will be the rage this Spring while Desert Bloom reaffirms the importance of neutrals in a spring wardrobe. What does that mean to an average consumer wanting to pick up a few updated spring items?


Very simple: 1) Say yes to all pinks, from bubble gum, to coral, to salmon for all trendy occasion wear 2) Stay with trusty neutrals for career wear 3) Avoid Orange at all costs 4) Pick Periwinkle or electric blue if you want a stunner piece. Another alternative is simply go to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes right after Christmas sales are over and window browse the 2016 Spring collections from various boutiques or other fashion stores for inspirations and purchases!


Backyard Periwinkle

Electric Blue


Hazy Taupe



Dark Teal

Blue Hydrangea

Lemon Chiffon

Whitened Ice Pink

Peach Tinted Rose





Desert Bloom


Soft Nostalgia

Seaside Chartreuse

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Brooklyn Park… a Wedding Destination? Meet the venue that’s turning Brooklyn Park into a wedding destination. Perched atop the Mississippi River bluffs, the brand new Mississippi Gardens combines quiet serenity with a beautiful state-of-the-art event space. Forget your tropical beach nuptials, everything you want and need for your big day is right here in Minneapolis Northwest. A decade in the making, this premier wedding center is the brainchild of Jamie Leopold. It was always Jamie’s dream to open a wedding event center. Life had some other plans though. Married to high school sweetheart and NHL defenseman, Jordan Leopold, Jamie was whisked away on a whirlwind hockey career that led them to Calgary, Buffalo, St. Louis and more. Jamie supported Jordan and their four children throughout this thirteen year journey. The life of a professional athlete is not always as glamourous as it sounds, Jamie says: “last November Jordan was traded to Columbus from St Louis, right around the holidays. That was tough on our family. Instead of going with, the kids and I stayed in Minneapolis with my parents so that I could focus on starting my business.” In a stroke of luck that winter, Jordan was traded to their hometown team: the Minnesota Wild. With his career winding down, it was now Jordan’s turn to support Jamie’s dream. Mississippi Gardens could finally became a reality.

Plan Your Destination Wedding

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Spring In Minneapolis Northwest Their new family business is just that: a family. For the Leopolds, family comes first and they want their clients to be part of it. The Leopolds tell couples, “our kids won’t be at your wedding, but there may be 1-4 kids running around here at any time throughout the process.” Case in point: while we were visiting Jordan was keeping their youngest daughter, Paisley, entertained with a newfound toy: the microphone.

destination wedding venue near Las Vegas, which includes a floral shop, salon & spa, photography studio, tuxedo/bridal boutique, catering, and entertainment, all on site. From the facility’s front door (which looks more like a strip mall) you’d have no idea that one of Nevada’s most beautiful wedding garden venues is in the backyard.

What makes Mississippi Gardens worthy as a wedding destination? Jamie says, “We fell in love with this site because of its simple beauty and riverfront location.” The elegant new venue features an outdoor ceremony site, baked granite staircase leading down to the outdoor area (perfect for the bride’s grand entrance), a gorgeous suspended deck for cocktail hour or reception, and a ballroom with floor length windows offering panoramic views of the river. More than the location, it’s the concept behind Mississippi Gardens that will make it a highly sought-after venue for years to come. Jamie’s vision for Mississippi Gardens is to be a one-stop shop where couples can get all of their wedding needs taken care of at once. She was inspired by a beautiful

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With that as her inspiration, it was really important to Jamie to offer the most inclusive services possible. At Mississippi Gardens couples can hold both their ceremony and reception (the vast majority of clients book both). Their exclusive caterer, Mintáhoe, operates a kitchen on site. They can also take care of the flowers and centerpieces with their preferred vendor, so clients don’t need to bring in too much if they don’t want to. A professional wedding planner is included with all bookings to ensure the event goes flawlessly. This setup is perfect for people planning a wedding from out of town. “We’ve been happily surprised by the number of out-ofstate brides who have booked with us so far; people from California, New York, and South Dakota. Many have family or friends in the Midwest who heard about the venue and recommended it.” For Jamie, the feeling of finally being settled into a permanent home is a little odd after having moved 7 times in the last ten years. However, with her dream finally taking off, there will be plenty to keep her busy in Minnesota. | Page 31 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 31

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Exploring Minneapolis Northwest by Bicycle The Twin Cities are a cyclist’s paradise. Minneapolis was recently ranked the most bike-friendly city in the nation, thanks to its extensive trail system and protected bike lanes. That also includes an excellent network of regional trails that run throughout Minneapolis Northwest. Two of the best bike spots in Minneapolis Northwest are Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Brooklyn Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. Each park on their own has miles of trails to explore, but the parks also make excellent jumping off points to explore all of Hennepin County! Here are two suggested routes: first a more leisurely distance, and second a route for the more experienced rider looking to log some serious miles while in the area.

Route 1:

Elm Creek Park Reserve to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: 9.64 miles one way Highlights: • Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the 3 Rivers Park District, has access to miles of trails, a swimming pond, disc golf, nature center, and more. •

Coon Rapids Dam rides across the Mississippi River, over the top of the dam! Plus access additional hiking and biking paths.

Make a Pitstop: 5-8 Club. Home of the Juicy Lucy, this award-winning burger joint is a muststop if you’re hungry.

Route 2:

Elm Creek Park Reserve to Lake Calhoun: 24.13 miles one way Highlights: • Medicine Lake Regional Trail passes through French Regional Park and Medicine Lake. •

Theodore Wirth Park is a beautiful urban park in Minneapolis, nearly as large as New York City’s Central Park.

Lake Calhoun is an extremely popular destination, steps from Uptown Minneapolis.

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Medical Alley in Our Backyard Minnesota is known in the business world as the mecca of the medical device industry. More than 600 medical devices giants and startups are located along an “alley” that starts in Duluth, runs through the Twin Cities and down to Rochester. This colossal $7 billion medical device business can be further broken down to medtech, biotech/pharma, diagnostics, and research tools companies. In fact, the medial alley in recent years has attracted over 800 investments from 35 states and 15 countries. Foreign investments continue to grow and account for over 70% of total investments! Among all these lofty statistics, it is quite easy to skip over a very interesting nugget of information: A good number of these companies are clustered along the 94/694/610/494 corridor. The headquarters of Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical, Olympus Surgical Technologies, UpsherSmith, ev3, are the notable

ones found in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, and Plymouth. Dead smack in Minneapolis Northwest’s backyard. Every year, you can well imagine the number of business men and women who travel to Minneapolis to forge partnerships with these companies, become their investors and suppliers, as well as tour these worldrenowned innovative facilities from other major cities in the U.S. and all over the world. From a business trip’s standpoint, Minneapolis Northwest is clearly set up to accommodate this very well-heeled, sophisticated group of travelers. Why? Other than having 19 hotels and over 200

St. Jude Medical Headquarters, St. Paul

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restaurants and retailers in our area, we also boast 9 pristine lakes, 6,000+ acres of parkland, and 170 miles of trails for those of you who promote or subscribe to an active and healthy lifestyle. So, investment bankers, M&A lawyers, scientists, inventors, offshore manufacturers: do stay in Minneapolis Northwest when you come into town to visit medical devices companies. After all, Minneapolis Northwest is only 15 minutes from downtown and offers free parking for visitors! | Page 35 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 35

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When Your Child’s Sports Tournament Becomes Your Family Vacation…

…be thankful it’s in Minneapolis Northwest! Whether it is for the USA Cup Soccer Tournament in Blaine, hockey, baseball, softball, or basketball tournaments, Minneapolis Northwest hosts thousands of youth teams each year. With busy schedules and expensive travel for youth sporting events, we know that sometimes your child’s out of town tournament has to double as your family vacation. Luckily, Minneapolis Northwest is such a family-friendly destination that this is easy to pull off. There are tons of family attractions in the area, 19 hotels at assorted price points (many with pools!), great shopping, and family-friendly restaurants. Here are some suggestions for if you are looking to kill a few hours in-between games, need an evening activity for the team, or want to extend your stay a few more days (it’ll be hard not to).

Things to do in-between / after games Reasons to Extend Your Stay • Play at Dave & Busters or Brunswick • Hordes of Family Attractions: Mall Zone XL: Great entertainment for the of America, SkyZone Indoor Trampoline • •

kids; beer, and sports on the big screen for parents. Get a Cone at Wagner’s Drive In: Best. • Soft-serve. Ever. Elm Creek Park Reserve: Visit one of the biggest playgrounds in the metro. Their man-made swimming beach is a • popular favorite as well. Shop Arbor Lakes: Over 150 stores • between The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Main Street, and the Fountains at Abor Lakes.

Park, Bunker Beach Water Park, Science Museum of Minnesota, are all nearby.

Play in the Plethora of Lakes & Parks: Minneapolis Northwest alone has 9 lakes, 6,000+ acres of parkland, and 170 miles of paved trails.

Catch a Twins or St. Paul Saints Game: A classic family outing.

Attend a Minnesota United FC Match: The games are very youth-friendly, and it is fun for young soccer players to see a match at the professional level.

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Wondering what restaurants are nearby? Searching for the best brewery in town? Have extra time during your visit to check out a local event?

Looking for things to do with your family?

Download the Visit MplsNW Mobile App! Our app has all the answers for your stay in the Minneapolis Northwest area. Use the GPS enabled app as your handheld guide to hundreds of bars & restaurants nearby, plus attractions, entertainment & recreation throughout the entire Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro. Plus, find out about area events, book your Minneapolis Northwest hotel, and more! | Page 37 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 37

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A All Arbor Lakes, all the time.

Business Directory • Special Offers • Promotions • Events


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A Great Place to Meet

The perfect location for your wedding reception, social event, meeting or golf outing.

Girvan Grille

Open daily for lunch and dinner

Saint Andrews Club

Exclusive tee times, private lockers, and more.

Edinburgh USA • 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park • 763.315.8500


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Farm-to Table: Minnesotan Style As consumers and restauranteurs well know, the farm-to-table movement has been growing and constantly changing for quite some time. Each of us has our own definition of “farm-to-table,” and some of us might even have come close to fist fights with others who do not share the same opinion. Certainly we have seen evolution of menus and increased sustainability in offerings as well as a conscious effort in plucking vegetables from the sidelines into entrees in recent years. So what’s coming next? There are many restauranteurs, chefs, and experts in the field predicting trends such as new eCommerce services that offer fresh produce and meats delivered to your door, price drops in proteins and haute cuisine eateries growing their own veggies on site in years to come. As part of this on-site trend, one growing phenomenon in Minnesota and Wisconsin is the Pizza Farm. Pizza Farms appear to be a uniquely Midwestern twist on the broader “farm-to-table” movement across the country. So exactly what is a pizza farm? As most of you have probably surmised, a pizza farm is an establishment where diners bring the non-food items such as plates, utensils, picnic blankets, drinks, etc., while the farm bakes a fresh pizza using available ingredients on the farm. A very simple concept to give local farmers an opportunity to make some extra cash, while providing urbanites a green and novice alfresco dining alternative.

Farm-To-Table Tour Itinerary 1.) Visit Local Farmers Markets in Minneapolis Northwest • Discover Farmers Market • Osseo Farmers Market • Brooklyn Park Farmers Market • Maple Grove Farmers Market 2.) Pack a picnic basket with organic bread and produce purchased from any of the above farmers market and head on to Central Park in Maple Grove for a nice and relaxing outdoor lunch. 3.) Shop at Whole Foods in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove, for a wide array of green products and organic foods 4.) Dine at Travail (organic restaurant with upcoming growing vegetables on site) in nearby Robbinsdale for a 13 course sampling menu). Reservation is highly recommended! | Page 41 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 41

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The Spice of Life

Minneapolis Northwest, unbeknown to most of our visitors, is a hotbed for delicious ethnic cuisine. And by ethnic cuisine, we don’t mean Orange Chicken from Panda Express. Thanks to the diversity of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park neighborhoods, you can find some truly authentic dishes from around the world. If you’re not sure what to get, the shop owners are more than willing to tell you what’s what. Most of these eateries are not fancy restaurants; they are likely owner-operated establishments that offer dine-in or take out, and above all, an authentic food experience!

Despite diversity, one common theme is the liberal use of spice: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

African Deli or Mama Ti’s, (Liberia, Ghana) At Cajun Deli or Crazy Cajun Vietnamese at Thanh vi Lemongrass Thai & Sushi Teresa’s Mexican Buona Sera Nola Bistro and Bar Great India

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The Joy of Alfresco Dining

The sun’s shining, a warm breeze is blowing and you’re dreaming of lunch out on the patio. Hey, we don’t blame you! Minnesota summers are beautiful and you should spend as much time outside as possible. We’ve put together a list of our top 4 patio picks in the Minneapolis Northwest area.

Lookout Bar & Grill | Maple Grove, MN

Awarded “Best Outdoor Patio”, The Lookout’s patio features a volleyball court, hammocks, a horseshoe pit, and a playground for children. It’s almost like you’re at a friend’s house in the backyard for a BBQ!

Girvan Grille | Brooklyn Park, MN

Located at Edinburgh USA, the Girvan Grille’s patio overlooks the stunning championship golf course. Enjoy their special Bloody Mary, The Lunch Box, a colossal 25 oz. Bloody Mary complete with a pulled pork slider, pork rib, a dragon wing, fried shrimp, cheese, and veggies – OH MY!

Claddagh Irish Pub | Maple Grove, MN

Come together with the community at Claddagh Irish Pub where they bring you a fun, friendly, and exuberant atmosphere, the Irish way! Whether you’re dining inside on the patio at Claddagh you will feel like you’re in Ireland; they don’t disappoint with their choice in décor or their Irish inspired food – Corned Beef & Cabbage Rolls and Guinness Beer Cheese & Pretzels … need we say more?

3 Squares Restaurant | Maple Grove, MN

Cozy up on a comfy seat by the fire while sipping on a drink or take a seat at a table under the sparkling lights on 3 Squares Restaurant’s beautiful patio. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner you can sit outside during any meal of the day. Try some of their award winning food from their menu such as their Turkey Burger or Banana Waffle and hash-browns. We’ll take hash-browns on the patio any day! | Page 43 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 43

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Minneapolis Northwest is Built for Kayak Fishing We know Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, but not all of them are found up north. There are excellent fishing options found right here in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis Northwest probably is not on your radar as a fishing destination, but it should be! Home to nine pristine lakes, and within easy reach of dozens more, Minneapolis Northwest is an unexpected fisherman’s paradise. You have most likely heard about Lake Minnetonka, the largest lake in the Twin Cities metro at nearly 15,000 acres of water. It is undeniably a huge lake with plenty of fishing to be had, but many local anglers prefer to fish quieter lakes that see less boat traffic. That is where Minneapolis Northwest truly shines. “Minneapolis Northwest is surrounded by phenomenal kayak fishing lakes; bodies

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of water that are not over a few hundred acres in size and loaded with pike, bass and pan fish,” say Tim Lesmeister, columnist for OutdoorNews. “Most have well-maintained boat landings, great water quality and get marginal fishing pressure due to their size. Most big-boat anglers like big water. Kayak anglers appreciate the benefits of a small lake.” One hidden gem for such fishing is Weaver Lake in Maple Grove. “This small pristine lake, tucked within a quaint little neighborhood, was great for our Hobie Kayaks. The early morning is perfect for waterfowl viewing and it feels as if you are miles away from

Public Carry-In Lakes • Cedar Island Lake Maple Grove 84 acres

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Eagle/Pike Lake -

Maple Grove 291 acres

French Lake - Rogers

216 acres

“I suggest next time you go to the Minneapolis Northwest area, you take a fishing rod and do some exploring,” says Carey.

Public Boat-Launch Lakes • Fish Lake - Maple Grove 223 acres

Twin Lakes -

Weaver Lake - Maple

Diamond Lake - Rogers

Rice Lake - Maple

Grove 314 acres

the city,” recommends Barb Carey, fishing pro with CLAM Outdoors. At Weaver Lake you’ll find bass, pike, blue gills, and crappies. This selection is pretty characteristic of Minneapolis Northwest lakes in general. If the river is more your style, the stretch of Mississippi that flows through Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is great for bass, crappies, and carp. You can cast a line from your kayak, or fishing off the side of the dam is especially fun too. For a change of pace, the park also has a well-stocked trout pond.

Mississippi River Fishing • Coon Rapids Damn Regional Park Brooklyn Park

Robbinsdale 215 acres

Grove 152 acres

406 acres

North Mississippi Regional Park (Shingle Creek) - Brooklyn Center

River Park - Brooklyn Park

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Bookending 2016 Ryder Cup: Golf Extravaganza Before and After Avid golfers from both sides of the Atlantic are generating much enthusiasm for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Minnesotans are particularly hyped as the event is going to be played out at Hazeltine, a pristine, world-class private club in Chaska, a suburb of Minneapolis. Although Minnesota is certainly the world-renown land of the 10,000 lakes, we are not quite known as land of 10,000 golf courses. Here are some statistics that might help you understand why locals consider Minnesota as a golfing state. Do you know that Minnesota claims more players per capita than any state? What’s more interesting is that

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within the Minneapolis metro, there are 65 public courses, of which 40 are municipal. Just in Minneapolis Northwest, we have two championship public courses: Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park and Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove. Both are among the top courses in town, public or private. Edinburgh USA is one of the top public golf courses in the country! Known for its famous 17th hole, which has an island fairway and a peninsula for a green, it is also the site of the biggest putting green in the U.S. It houses the 9th, 18th and practice green and totals 40,000 square feet. During 20142015, it also went through major renovations to the course. Rush Creek Golf Club has long been characterized as “public course; private feel.� Open to everyone since 1996, Rush Creek is the perfect place for golfing, dining, weddings or any other occasion you can think of. The 18-hole championship golf course has hosted many national events including 3 LPGA events and most recently, the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. So, to all of you golf enthusiasts out there, domestic or international, visiting to share in the excitement of Ryder Cup: unless you are the lucky few with good friends at private clubs, take this wonderful opportunity to stay in Minneapolis Northwest one to two days either before or after the Ryder Cup to experience the wonders of our courses yourself. | Page 47 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 47

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Sometimes you have a few extra hours to kill after a conference ends or in between meetings. Here are the must-do’s if you have just a few hours to spare in Minneapolis Northwest.



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Rush Creek has won numerous awards for ‘best public golf course’ in Minneapolis and you can get a taste of it on the short course. Contrary to some people’s perception of par-3 golf courses, the Mac 9 is just as scenic and well-maintained as their full course.




Save Big: Albertville premium outlets

Gear Up: Cabela’s

Drawing shoppers from all across the region, Cabela’s is the world’s largest outdoor outfitter.

Shop 100 designer and brand name outlets, including Addidas, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach, BCBG Max Azria, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, and more.

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Drink: Omni Brewing Company

Just because you’re not downtown doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy craft beer. Minneapolis Northwest’s first microbrewery is just a short drive from Rush Creek.

Shop til’ You Drop: Arbor lakes

Made up of three beautiful, distinct shopping centers plus surrounding shopping and dining, you’ll find more retail square footage here than Mall of America!



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Inside they have a huge stone fireplace and outside, their terrace has some of the best views in Maple Grove. We trecommend their veggie tacos or ghost pepper jack burger.



HOUR 2 Eat: Rush Creek’s Highlander Restaurant

Sweet Tooth: Nadia Cakes

Nadia Cakes is a winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Their cheesecake cupcakes won them the title, but be adventurous and try flavors like Breakfast at Nadia’s, Kitty Litter, and Cookie Dough Monster. | Page 49 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 49

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Eat: Lemongrass Thai & Sushi Explore: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Stand in the middle of the Mississippi and take in panoramic views of the river from the dam’s walkway!

With atmosphere and food on par with trendy restaurants you’d find in Minneapolis, this spot in Brooklyn Park is a hidden gem. Pad Thai is a must. Everything on the menu is delicious!



With the Kids

Win: Dave & Busters

At Dave & Busters you can eat, drink, play over 200 awesome arcade games, and watch your favorite sports teams on the big screen.

Treat Yourself: Wagner’s Drive-In

This locally owned, classic drive-in has the creamiest soft-serve you’ll ever eat. Get a cone, they’re as big as your head.

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Relax: Central Park of Maple Grove

Grab a book and lie out on the sweeping central lawn. Then go for a walk on one of the many trails that wind through the Arbor Lakes district.


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This beloved 50’s diner is a destination in the northwest metro that draws visitors from across the state. All of the dishes at 50’s Grill are made from scratch, but we think you should stop in for a malt. Nobody makes malts like the 50’s Grill.


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HOUR 3 Dessert: 50’s Grill

Perfect Game: Brunswick Zone XL

Brunswick Zone XL has endless lanes of bowling. Why is it ‘XL?’ Because bowling, billiards, bumper cars, arcade, bar & grill. Oh, and did we mention lazer tag?!

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Build Your Own Adult Summer Camp

If you ever went to summer camp as a kid, it is probably one of your favorite childhood memories. These days with work, bills, and other adult responsibilities piling up, you may find yourself wistfully dreaming of those camp years. Well, now places like Camp No Counselors are making it possible for adults to experience camp again, but with one grown-up addition: alcohol. Summer camp for grownups has become one of the hottest travel trends and one million adults went to camp last summer! There is not such a camp here in the Twin Cities (yet), but there is enough adventure surrounding Minneapolis Northwest to DIY your own adult summer camp weekend with friends. Here’s how:



Breakfast & setup camp at Elm Creek Park Reserve’s cabins ($60/night)

9:00am-11:00am Morning Activity Block 1: Bike ride to Coon Rapids Dam and hike along the Mississippi River

11:00am-1:00pm Morning Activity Block 2: Choose between archery and mountain

biking at Elm Creek; or go to Fish Lake Regional Park for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding & swimming

2:00pm-5:30pm Afternoon Activity Block: A zip lining adventure at Kerfoot Canopy Tour or rent a party boat on Lake Minnetonka

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Back at camp, DIY giant lawn games or relay races

9:30pm- 2:00am:

Bonfire party

On day two, do whatever activities you didn’t do the first day!

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Minneapolis Fall Color Tour There’s a misconception that you need to leave the Twin Cities to see the best fall colors, but in fact you can see some of the most scenic spots in the state without ever leaving the metro. Our fall color tour is a blend of stunning scenery in the heart of the city, and parks so secluded you won’t realize you’re only a few miles from downtown.

2) Elm Creek Park Reserve: This enormous park will have you feeling worlds away from civilization. Walk or bike nearly 13 miles

of paved trails covered in satisfyingly crunchy leaves during the fall.

1) Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis/ Maple Grove. Your home base for the fall color tour.

When is the best time to go? Peak time in our area is late September to midOctober. For the most up to date color report, use the DNR’s Fall Color Finder.

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following Cedar L and Lake

9) Have dinner overlooking Lake Minnetonka at Maynard’s in Excelsior.

8) Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Not to be

missed, the Landscape Arboretum is worth the drive out to Chaska. It has the widest variety of trees you’ll find anywhere in Minnesota: orange-leaved sugar maples; yellow elms and ash; fiery red viburnums, dogwoods, sumacs and more.

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3) Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: Wander the secluded and heavily wooded paths on the west side of the river to get up close to the fall colors. Or enjoy panoramic views of the Mississippi from the dam’s walkway.

4) Nicollet Island: The only inhabited island

on the Mississippi, Nicollet Island is located right next to downtown. A stroll around the quaint island is about 1 mile long and features pretty foliage, spectacular views of the skyline, and of the Stone Arch Bridge.

5) Stop for lunch in the courtyard at nearby Aster Café, on the oldest street in Minneapolis.

6) Chain of lakes: Take a scenic drive

following the tree-lined parkways around Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet.

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Dorm DĂŠcor 101 August! It is that time of the year when parents and kids alike are planning backto-school shopping. For most school age kids under 18, clothes and school supplies would probably be at the top of the list with perhaps a calculator topping in as the most expensive item. But if you have a collegebound freshman your list and budget may present a very different picture.

spending now accounts for $50B a year. While some families will spend more or less than the average $907, there are affluent families who have taken it to the extreme: hiring a professional decorator to transform a typical ugly dorm room into a retreat conducive to socializing, studying as well as rejuvenation.

Do you know how much on average parents are spending to decorate a dorm room for their children? $200 or even $500? Wrong! Now, according to the National Retail Federation, an average of $907 is spent turning a stark utilitarian dorm room into a luxury suite and a statement of individuality. Gone are the days where fruit crates, cinder blocks, XL twin sheets and an electric corn popper complete the requisite list for dorm room must-haves. In fact, U.S. dorm room

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But parents, no need to panic! There are many ways to send your darlings off to college without declaring bankruptcy yet still maintaining the status of being cool parents. Here in Minneapolis Northwest’s Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, we are able to put together a decent college décor essentials without breaking the bank. Total budget: $572.89 (excludes laptop+ clothes).




Laptop Mini-fridge Microwave XL Sheet Sets Bed Comforter Window Treatment Laundry Hamper Bath Caddies Hangers (set of 30) Clothes Chair Pads Storage Desk Lamp Wall Art

Best Buy BestBuy Costco Bed, Bath and Beyond Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Goods Juniper, Forever21, Buckle, Express Cost Plus World Market Kirkland’s Kirkland’s Cost Plus World Market

$700.00* $109.00 $99.00 $19.99 $99.99 $35.98 $12.99 $12.99 $19.99 $500.00* $14.99 $89.99 $31.99 $59.99

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Amazing Maze Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze in Brooklyn Park is Minnesota’s largest corn maze, measuring at 20 acres. Ever wonder how the massive corn maze is made? To satisfy your curiosity, we were able to secure an interview with the owner, Bert Bouwman, and learned about the lengthy process. Believe it or not, the corn maze is nearly a year-long journey that begins in January at Bouwman’s kitchen table with a pen and paper where he begins drafting the design of the year. Since he creates a new design every year, we really don’t know what he has in mind for 2016 as of this writing. I guess we just all have to wait and see! In May, Bouwman’s family gets to work planting the field: rows & rows of corn set in a 20 acre grid. By June, when they are ready to carve out the maze design, the corn stalks are less than a foot high. The family does this by hand using garden hoes which is extremely laborious. Yikes! Beyond that, they have to irrigate and weed throughout the summer. Despite unpredictable weather, the corn maze has been widely popular, drawing 20,000 to 30,000 visitors a year and raising well over $100,000 for charity as a give-back to community. So as you’re handed your corn maze map at the ticket gate this fall (trust me, you’re going to need it),take a moment to appreciate the months of hard work put into bringing this incredible fall tradition to life. | Page 59 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 59

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Fall Sports Binge Fall in Minnesota is for sports. The onset of Labor Day for local sports fans is like the arrival of Christmas morning: it means the Minnesota Vikings are entering week one of the NFL season, the Twins are making their playoff push, the Lynx are tearing up the WNBA playoffs, Wild hockey is only a month out, as well as the Timberwolves’ preseason. In case you weren’t counting, that’s five professional sports teams that are located right here in Minneapolis-St. Paul: something only a handful of metro areas in the nation can boast. Plus if you haven’t heard, Major League Soccer is coming to St. Paul. That means by 2018, there will be six Twin Cities pro sports teams. With fall bringing the start of some of our teams’ seasons and the end of others, there is a ton going on. Have you ever thought

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about the fact that if the stars aligned, you could go to four different sports events on the same late October weekend? Let’s say the Twins were headed to the World Series; you could potentially go to a Timberwolves game Friday night at Target Center, a Wild game Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center, a Vikings game at noon on Sunday, and a Twins game Sunday night at Target Field ‌ Just saying, that could happen! So when you visit this fall, you are going to need a full weekend to cram in all of the Minnesota sports action. Minneapolis Northwest hotels are only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis stadiums and 30 minutes from downtown St. Paul; all offer free parking and easy freeway access to get to the game. | Page 61 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 61

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Purveyor of High Fashion for Men: Specialty Sporting Goods Store Men’s high fashion has always been inspired by outfits of the militia, the hunters, and the anglers. Fashion designers get their creative juices flowing and concoct clothing lines that are showcased by models who strut the runway in New York, London, Paris and Milan. Needless to say, these designer clothes all spot hefty prices easily into the thousands per item. If you are somewhat of a clothes horse, relax! We are here to tell you that the chic looks of 2016 can be found right in our area for a fraction of the price. Hopefully, by now you are convinced that you can get the “look for less” right in our neighborhood. Cabela’s is located in Rogers, MN, just 10 minutes north of Maple Grove off I-94.

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On the Runway

Available at Cabelas


Timberland速 Parka $99, Cabelas

A.P.C. Waxed Cotton Hunting Jacket, England $199

vs. Camo Bicomponent Vest $59, Cabelas

Florence, Italy Fashion Show, 2015

Buffalo Canvas Jacket $219


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An Early Kickoff to the Holiday Shopping Season The first signs of the holidays emerge at area retail stores well before Halloween, but as soon November 1 rolls around it is officially holiday shopping season. Groan … Believe it or not, 40% of us begin our holiday shopping before Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. While some may cringe at this ‘Christmas creep’, that really just means consumers can enjoy thinner crowds and shop in a more relaxed environment, while still benefitting from major holiday deals. With 220+ stores in the Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district, plus Cabela’s and Albertville Premium Outlets nearby, bargain hunters and big spenders alike will be flocking to Minneapolis Northwest all fall to get their holiday shopping done. Minneapolis Northwest does not have the largest mall in Minnesota, but these three shopping centers account for more combined retail square

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footage than Mall of America! It’s safe to say that no matter when you shop, you can check everyone off your list in Minneapolis Northwest.

Holiday Shopping Tips •

The busiest shopping days of the year are (in this order) Black Friday, the Saturday before Christmas, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Avoid them or embrace them!

Research online before you go: the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes website lists all sales going on at the center’s stores.

Minneapolis Northwest hotels, like the Country Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn, offer special shopping packages with their stays.


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Arbor Lakes Hotels

Arbor Lakes Hotels welcome you to our area providing you comfort and convenience to make your trip fun, relaxing, and successful. Our hotels are set in the heart of the shopping and dining district of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. Whether you are here for business or pleasure you can choose from full service, limited service, and extended stay options all within a few blocks of each other.

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We are located 15 minutes northwest of Minneapolis off I-694 and Hemlock Lane on Elm Creek Boulevard. The Courtyard Marriott, Holiday Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, and Staybridge Suites in Maple Grove look forward to your arrival.


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Best Western Plus Brooklyn Center

Country Inn & Suites Brooklyn Center

Best Western Plus Minneapolis Northwest is known for their quiet, comfortable rooms. Recently remodeled, with upgraded amenities to meet the high standards of today’s traveler and conveniently located for your next visit to the Twin Cities, whether it is for business or pleasure. Relax in the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool tub and sauna. Remain connected with free, hotel-wide, high-speed wireless Internet.

Just ten miles north of downtown Minneapolis, MN, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Brooklyn Center hotel features complimentary hot breakfast. The 84 hotel room hotel offers warm accommodations, friendly service and is ideal for business or leisure travelers in the Minneapolis area. The Country Inn & Suites features an indoor pool, on-site parking, a fitness center, complimentary wireless Internet access, and laundry facilities.

Best Western Plus 2050 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.566.7500 | 800.634.3444

Country Inn & Suites 2550 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.561.0900 | 800.456.4000

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DoubleTree by Hilton Brooklyn Center Enjoy a warm welcome at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis North and enjoy our delicious chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Surrounded by more than 500 acres of parks and scenic walking paths, this Brooklyn Center hotel offers a peaceful retreat, just minutes from the vibrant area of downtown Minneapolis. DoubleTree by Hilton 2200 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.566.8000 | 800.481.3556

Embassy Suites Minneapolis North Brooklyn Center The Embassy Suites Minneapolis North, connected to Earle Brown Heritage Center, is a beautiful property with 175 guest rooms and has great access to downtown Minneapolis. Embassy Suites creates the ideal ambience for guests upon entering their doors with an open-air atrium including natural greenery and flowing water. Embassy Suites Minneapolis North 6300 Earle Brown Drive Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.560.2700 | 800.362.2779 | Page 69 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 69

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Extended Stay America Brooklyn Center

Motel 6 Brooklyn Center

Extended Stay America - Brooklyn Center is designed for business travelers and value-conscious consumers; perfect for relocation, long-term assignments, temporary housing, and leisure travel. Just minutes to downtown Minneapolis, guests will enjoy full kitchens, wireless internet, ample workspace, and on-site laundry all at a great price.

The Motel 6 located in Brooklyn Center is an economical choice in the heart of the area. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis teams, business travelers or leisure travelers can enjoy comfortable guest accommodations, plus the many amenities that our hotel offers.

Extended Stay America 2701 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 5543 763.549.5571 | 800.398.7829

Motel 6 2741 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.560.9789 | 800.466.8356

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Norwood Inn Brooklyn Center

Quality Inn Brooklyn Center

The Norwood Inn & Suites Brooklyn Center surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make business and pleasure travel easy. It’s located just across I-94/694 from the Earle Brown Heritage Center and 10 minutes to downtown Minneapolis.

The Quality Inn hotel offers guest comfortable guest accommodations to cater to families, teams, business travelers and meeting & convention attendees. Located just 10 minutes to downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is just north of the historic Earle Brown Heritage Center, one of the Midwest’s premier conference and event centers. Awake each morning and enjoy the friendly staff at the hotel, plus a free deluxe continental breakfast buffet.

Norwood Inn 6415 James Circle North Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.561.8400 | 800.329.7466

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Super 8 Brooklyn Center

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Brooklyn Park

The Super 8 offers guests easy access to all freeways and attractions plus is only 10 minutes to downtown Minneapolis. Their property features two fantasy suites and interior corridors. Enjoy one of many restaurants to choose from nearby. Their oversized parking lot offers plenty of room for RV and truck parking. Free High Speed Internet. After a good night’s rest, enjoy our delicious complimentary Continental Breakfast.

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest is the Midwest’s premier all-suite hotel and full-service meeting and event venue. Their modern 230-suite hotel is minutes from Downtown Minneapolis, numerous sports arenas, cultural attractions, and shopping destinations, including the Mall of America®.

Super 8 6445 James Circle North Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763.566.9810 | 800.800.8000

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest 7025 Northland Drive North Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 763.536.8300 | 877.303.1681

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Brooklyn Park

Asteria Inn & Suites Maple Grove

Stay connected at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Minneapolis Northwest with free high-speed Internet access in all rooms, a convenient business center and more. Located northwest of downtown Minneapolis, this La Quinta hotel offers unparalleled value and amenities to guests. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and free newspaper each morning of your stay.

Asteria Inn & Suites strives to provide a great value for their guests. Offering clean, comfortable rooms at affordable rates, they maintain an “Always a Friend, Always a Smile� attitude. Enjoy amenities such as: free continental breakfast, coffee & tea 24 hours, cable or satellite TV with premium channels, in-room movies, and in-room safes.

La Quinta Inn & Suites 7011 Northland Circle Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 763.971.8000 | 800.642.4271

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Cambria Suites Maple Grove

Courtyard Marriott Maple Grove

Cambria Suites is ideally located near the Arbor Lakes Shopping and Dining District, and adjacent to the new North Memorial Medical Center. They offer a stylish, contemporary atmosphere with furnishings and amenities that feel like home. Enjoy the best combination of cozy accommodations, friendly service and wonderful amenities.

Courtyard Marriott Maple Grove has a long-standing reputation of Marriott excellence and comfort. Courtyard’s full service restaurant and bar provides an intimate setting surrounded by outstanding customer service. Courtyard Marriott has the areas only outside whirlpool with a heated deck making it comfortable even in the cold of Minnesota.

Cambria Suites 9655 Grove Circle North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.494.5556 | 877.424.6423

Courtyard Marriott 11871 Fountains Way North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.425.5355 | 888.236.2427

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Extended Stay America Maple Grove

Hampton Inn Maple Grove

Extended Stay America - Maple Grove is designed for business travelers and value-conscious consumers; perfect for relocation, long-term assignments, temporary housing, and leisure travel. Just minutes to downtown Minneapolis, guests will enjoy full kitchens, wireless internet, ample workspace, and on-site laundry all at a great price.

Feel the “Hamptonality” immediately as you walk into Hampton Inn Maple Grove. The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are within walking distance of the hotel. Offering free daily breakfast with every room, Hampton’s guests often remark how well the staff cares for them. They understand your need to be successful and desire to get out at night thus offering a daily evening shuttle along with the other Arbor Lakes Hotels.

Extended Stay America 12970 63rd Avenue North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.694.9747 | 800.398.7829

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Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis/Maple Grove Maple Grove The Hilton Garden Inn delivers an exceptional experience to their guests every night. Stay connected throughout your visit to Minneapolis with complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and public areas. Relax with your favorite beverage in the Pavilion Lounge, and indulge in hearty cuisine at The Garden Grille & Bar restaurant.

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis/Maple Grove 6350 Vinewood Lane Maple Grove, MN 55311 763.509.9500 | 877.782.9444

Holiday Inn Maple Grove Catering to the business professional during the week with on-site meeting spaces and competitive pricing, Holiday Inn & Suites is a well-reputed business hotel. The weekends, starting on Friday night, provide a fun environment for families to enjoy the area’s largest indoor water park and arcade in a Venetian theme. Let their award winning staff care for your every need.

Holiday Inn & Suites 11801 Fountains Way North Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.425.3800 | 866.391.6253

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Staybridge Suites Maple Grove As Minneapolis Northwest’s upscale extended stay property, Staybridge Suites completed a full renovation of rooms and public spaces recently. Offering free daily breakfast and an evening reception on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, Staybridge Suites is your home away from home. Staybridge Suites guests stay one night or up to months at a time and use our indoor pool/whirlpool as well our free guest laundry. Staybridge Suites 7821 Elm Creek Boulevard Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.494.8856 | 800.238.8000 | Page 77 2016 Visitor's Guide.indd 77

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH OPTIONS From fashionistas to fun seekers to food lovers, Mall of America® has something for everyone to enjoy with 520 stores (no sales tax on clothing or shoes!), over 50 restaurants and attractions galore. Stay at one of over 40 nearby hotels, including Radisson Blu and the all new JW Marriott — both connected to the Mall. NICKELODEON UNIVERSE








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